Saturday, July 1, 2017

When relatives brought her to the hospital in 2014, she had suffered severe head trauma, was hypothermic, and covered in bruises. Serenity was airlifted to hospital in Edmonton and removed from life support about a week later. The Alberta medical examiner didn't complete its report on her death until two years later. Serenity's mother, who regained full legal guardianship in the week before her daughter died, is still waiting for a copy of the autopsy report. n

The GOA will not provide any information to Serenity's mum. They don't have to do this and will not do this. The lack of information provision is covered up by the spin going on with #PanelPolitics.
I feel for Serenity's mother. There is no justice through the GOA. There is no justice through the child welfare system. There is however some justice through a lawsuit suing the GOA and I guess this will end in a contract to silence Serenity's mum so we don't get the full story either.
It is very sad. But a culture of deMockracy in Alberta is unlikely to change and really this is a story of money, power and games. We don't have money and power and so there are games. Political games of the #PanelPolitics sort. But there you go.
It's the way it is.

I feel very sorry for Serenity's mother.
I have learned that the GOA won't release any information that is detrimental to themselves or other third party business interests.
I imagine the mother of Serenity won't get any information.
It's the way it is.
You have to work within this system and do the best at asking questions and finding out the answers.
If you don't get answers, you have to wonder why.

I believe that when there are liability issues there tends to be a refusal to release information; in this case there may also be a delay for whatever reason is given.
The police of course can't do an investigation if they can't also get information.

All in all I hope the Justice Department has some answers to our questions as citizens why this investigation was not timely or even acceptable in nature.
Very sad situation and unlikely to change because it appears to me that the GOA is not able to be transparent, accountable or even capable of taking care of vulnerable folks in care. Maybe this is because the system has not had to be transparent, accountable or capable under the PCs.
Whatever the reason I doubt this culture of non-transparency will change and the only way that families will have closure is to sue the government of Alberta and get on with their lives.

They will not be able to get anything from the GOA.
Trust me.
I know.

The deplorable condition of this child was captured in the heart rending photographs taken by the mother of Serenity.
How is it even possible that this child literally starved while in the care of a foster family in Alberta? Where was the GOA when there was a complaint made in the community to the care issues? I guess the GOA was MIA (missing in action).
The mother of a four-year-old Alberta girl who died in 2014 while in provincial care has released photographs of her daughter, Serenity, taken days before she died.
CBC.CA

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/serenity-alberta-rcmp-child-death-government-care-1.4038675

New photos revealed of child who died in kinship care

'I don't want her to be pushed to the back burner,' says mother of girl who died in kinship care

By Lydia Neufeld, Zoe Todd, CBC News Posted: Mar 23, 2017 9:39 PM MT Last Updated: Mar 24, 2017 8:10 PM MT
A picture taken of Serenity, 4, while in the Stollery Children's Hospital in September 2014. The photograph was taken by her mother, and recently recovered from a broken cell phone.
A picture taken of Serenity, 4, while in the Stollery Children's Hospital in September 2014. The photograph was taken by her mother, and recently recovered from a broken cell phone. (Supplied)
The mother of a four-year-old Alberta girl who died in 2014 while in provincial care has released photographs of her daughter, taken days before she died.
"I was in a lot of shock," said the woman, who cannot be identified under provincial child welfare legislation so as not to identify her other children.
"I just basically took the pictures because, for some reason, I knew that I would need them later on."
She took the photos with her cell phone on Sept. 24, 2014, four days before Serenity died at the Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton.
Her phone was later damaged, which is why she hasn't been able to access the pictures again. Three weeks ago, she found someone who knew how to retrieve them. 
Serenity
Four-year-old Serenity died days after her mother took this photograph at the Stollery Children's Hospital in September 2014. (Supplied)
"It just brought me back," she said. "It was probably one of the worst times in my life."
The pictures show a gaunt child, lying in a nest of wires and tubes on a hospital bed. The once round-cheeked preschooler weighed about 18 pounds at the time, the typical weight of a 10-month-old.
A deep bruise contrasts the pale skin on her left leg. Serenity's mother said similar bruises covered her daughter's body and genitals.

'It's been a really long, harsh wait'

She shared the photos with RCMP, hoping to reinvigorate an ongoing investigation into Serenity's death. To date, no criminal charges have been laid in the case.
"I don't want her to be pushed to the back burner," she said. 
"It's been a really long, harsh wait but I'm just hoping something good comes out of it."
The newly released photographs sparked discussion in the Alberta Legislature on Thursday.
Opposition MLAs asked about charges being laid in the case, and whether staff at the Children's Services department have been held accountable for their roles in Serenity's placement.
Serenity
This photo, taken by Serenity's mother while the child was in the Stollery Children's Hospital in 2014, shows a large bruise on the little girl's leg. (Supplied)
Neither Premier Rachel Notley nor the children's services minister, Danielle Larivee, gave new information in their responses.
The investigation remains open, according to RCMP Cpl. Hal Turnbull. That file is being reviewed by the Crown and Turnbull said there is "no known date for when that will be completed."

'I will never stop'

After being placed in foster care in 2010, Serenity and her siblings were eventually transferred to a kinship care arrangement on a reserve. 
When relatives brought her to the hospital in 2014, she had suffered severe head trauma, was hypothermic, and covered in bruises.
Serenity was airlifted to hospital in Edmonton and removed from life support about a week later.
The Alberta medical examiner didn't complete its report on her death until two years later.
Serenity's mother, who regained full legal guardianship in the week before her daughter died, is still waiting for a copy of the autopsy report. 
She said she won't stop asking about what happened to her children in kinship care until she gets answers, especially about Serenity.
"She can't speak for herself, right?" she said. "I've fought for them from day one and I will never stop until I feel at peace."
Serenity-Edmonton
Serenity died at the Stollery Children's Hospital in September 2014. (Supplied)

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